The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Parnell, Henry Brooke (1776–1842)

  • Barry Gordon
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A significant figure in the history of economic policy, Parnell was an Irish landowner, baronet (1812) and first Baron Congleton (1841). He was associated with the liberal wing of the Whig party in the British parliament. During the period that David Ricardo was in the Commons (1819–23), he lent strong support to Ricardo’s advocacy on economic policy issues. After Ricardo’s death, Parnell continued to press for tariff reform, repeal of the Corn Laws, and greater economy in government expenditure.

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